New Map Reveals Islands’ Health Risks

health mapScilly has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the country according to a new map showing health and environmental risks across England and Wales.

The Health Atlas has been created by the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit based at Imperial College London, and shows data down to the level of individual neighbourhoods.

Scilly’s high rate of skin cancer, around twice the national risk level, correlates with our higher than average amount of sunshine.

For most other health conditions, Scilly is fairly average, apart from a slightly higher risk of liver cancer and bronchitis in women.

Scillonian men seem to fare better, with lower risk of heart disease and bronchitis than the national average.

Our babies do well too, with some of the highest birth weights in the country.

You can explore the interactive map here.

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